Tortorella Reax

Thomas Drance
June 24 2013 09:55AM

John Tortorella is a dog person so he's alright by me.
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I spent the weekend drinking, moving and spending quality time with loved ones in anticipation of a grueling two week hockey news gaunlet; an onslaught that will include the awarding of the Stanley Cup, the naming of a new Canucks coach, the opening of the buyout window, the one-day marathon NHL draft, and free-agency too.

It's that the news cycle stops for no man, so let's get back on our Tortroella grind (insert "hot dad joke" here), and round up the reactions to the hire from across the hockey world.

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Gillis Speaks: Hiring a Coach (Probably Tortorella) "Shouldn't take us much longer"

Thomas Drance
June 21 2013 05:13PM

To cap a zany day - one that started with Vancouver's former coach being introduced in New York and culminated with New York's former coach (and rumoured Canucks coach-elect) John Tortorella being mobbed at the airport by Vancouver sports reporters - Mike Gillis joined BMac and Taylor on the Team1040.

The Canucks General Manager avoided confirming reports that John Tortorella is his choice to be Vancouver's bench boss, but he didn't deny it outright either. Based on Gillis's non-denial, the multiple sources reporting that Tortorella is the guy, and absent reports of John Stevens rushing to Vancouver for a last minute summit with Canucks brass - I think we can say with some, but not complete, confidence that John Tortorella will be the seventeenth head coach in Canucks history. Which raises a variety of pertinent questions...

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Welcome to Vancouver, Mr. Tortorella

Thomas Drance
June 21 2013 03:13PM

Will John Tortorella work out in Vancouver? Is he precisely the sort of hard driving, bombastic motviator the Canucks need to get them over the hump? Or will he alienate a veteran team? 

I have no godly idea, but one thing is for certain: this is going to be an incredible gong show. In fact it already is.

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Five Critical Questions Concerning the John Tortorella Hire

Thomas Drance
June 21 2013 01:42PM

John Tortorella is a pretty unique figure in the professional hockey industry. A taskmaster in an age of coddled multimillionaire professional athletes, and a guy with no time for the media in an age where information travels quickly, and where personal relationships shape coverage (arguably to an undue extent).

With the news breaking on Friday that the Canucks are reportedly close to hiring John Tortorella as their new head coach, there's five big questions that we have about the Tortorella hire. Read on past the jump.

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Report: Canucks "Close to a Deal" to hire John Tortorella as Head Coach

Thomas Drance
June 21 2013 11:54AM

According to Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press, the Vancouver Canucks have "offered" the club's vacant head coaching position to John Tortorella and are "close to a deal" that would bring the controversial firebrand to the west coast. John Tortorella was fired by the New York Rangers after his teams second round ouster this past spring, and he was replaced in New York by recently fired Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault who met with the media today.

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